Government Claims Budget Recovering Despite Increasing Deficit

The McGowan Government believes WA’s finances are “heading in the right direction” despite a rise in WA’s budget deficit and debt. Treasurer Ben Wyatt said while revealing the Mid-year Review on Wednesday that the review was a result of “responsible financial management”, reflecting the government’s aim of containing spending. WA’s finances improved by $568 million…

WA Education Cuts Face Opposition, Called a “Mistake”

The McGowan Government has been criticism over its cuts to the state’s education, with opposition parties claiming the measures are not in the best interests of students and families. WA’s Greens called the measures a “terrible decision” while the Young Nationals said it was “direct attack on regional Western Australia” after Education Minister Sue Ellery…

Men Wanted in East Perth Assault and Robbery

Perth Detectives are continuing to seek information over a robbery and assault that occurred in East Perth. A 36-year-old man walked from Northbridge to Gladstone Reserve in East Perth between 8:40pm and 9pm on November 11 when he was punched in the face by two men, falling to the ground. The two men stole his…

Police Hunt Driver in Beechboro Hit and Run

Traffic Enforcement Group officers are investigating a hit and run crash in Beechboro on December 12. A 14-year-old boy was walking along Altone Road with his sister at about 5:30pm when they crossed the road at the pedestrian crossing but against the red light. He did not see a car approaching in the right hand…

Liberal Senators Endorse WA Government Shark Deterrent Subsidy

The WA Government’s shark mitigation and deterrent measures have been approved by the Federal Government, after a senate inquiry recommended other states to adopt the McGowan Government’s shark deterrent subsidy. A bipartisan committee tabled a report in Federal Parliament on Tuesday endorsing the state government’s subsidy, which undertook non-lethal measures to prevent shark attacks. The…

Overhaul of WA’s public library system

Western Australia’s public library system will be modernised to better meet the diverse and evolving needs of the community. With 231 public libraries around the state, the modernisation of the system will see these vibrant community hubs improve and attract even more people to use the facilities. Over 500,000 people attended library programs and events…

Public Sector Efficiency, Low Cost Goal of WA Service Priority Report

The McGowan Government will be focusing on a more efficient public sector, after releasing its final report of its Service Priority Review. The report includes 17 recommendations and 37 actions that will allow the public sector to operate more efficiently to provide better services at a lower cost to the community. “This report provides a…

Explanation “Not Comprehensive Enough” as Barry Urban Apologises “Unreservedly” Over Past

West Australian MP Barry Urban has faced Parliament to “apologise unreservedly” over discrepancies about his past. The member for Darling Range addressed Parliament for the first time following two weeks of speculation, however both the state government and opposition have criticised the now independent MP over his statement claiming his “explanation was not comprehensive enough.”…

Payroll Tax Exemption Change to Fund Training Places

The McGowan government will tighten payroll tax training exemptions for businesses that will result in new funded training places next year. 9,600 new jobs will be created under the new scheme that will come into effect from December 1 this year that will prevent companies from avoiding paying payroll tax. “We need a system which…